Forgiveness - From God


20/09/2006
How do I get to a point where a sin pattern is broken when I feel like I’m going too long without repenting? How do I get to a point where if certain things take place, I feel myself going an hour, and then I’ll let it go longer and then I’ll half a day, then two days. So, how do I break that pattern?

You fall into a sin, you blow it, you do something that you know is wrong and an hour passes or a day passes and you still haven’t truly repented, haven’t confessed it to the Lord and you keep falling into that pattern and you want to know how to break that pattern. There’s only one way to break sin patterns and we need to remember where sin comes from if we’re Christians. And I assume that you believe in Jesus Christ and that you love God and that you want to follow Him, but you, like me and like all of us, you have a flesh and you have a temptation to sin that is constantly fighting against you and your spirit’s fighting to do what’s right and your flesh is fighting to do what’s wrong. So, I’m assuming that that’s true about you like it is about me, right? Welcome to real life, right?

Here’s the thing. If you’re a Christian and you want to do what’s right, you want to serve God, there’s only one way to do it and there’s got to be a greater power on the inside of you coming forth than the power that is coming against you from the outside. Like John the Apostle said in 1 John 4:4, “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” And this is the Scripture that I want to give you: He said in 1 John 2:12, 13, “I write to you young men.” And that’s you and me. He said, “I write to you young men because the Word of God abides in you and you’ve overcome the evil one and therefore, that’s why I’m writing to you.” The Word of God abides in you and you’ve overcome the evil one. He gives us a pattern there about how to break the pattern of sin in our lives. He says the Word of God has to abide in you. The Word of God has to live in you like it’s the only thing you think about, where you’re studying it, reading it, meditating on it, listening to it, speaking it out of your mouth over and over again to where it’s just second nature to you. To where it’s abiding in you, it’s living in you. It isn’t just visiting you on Sunday when you go to church, but the Word of God is abiding in you and finding it’s home in your soul, in your heart and in your body. And when that is the case, you will overcome the evil one and you will break the cycle and break the pattern of sin in your life. It’s the only way. The Word of God has the power.

Another verse I want to give you is Psalm 119:11. David says, “Your Word, O Lord, have I treasured and hidden in my heart and as a result, I do not sin against you.” So, you’ve got to hide the Word, treasure the Word in your heart, let the Word of God abide in you, fill your heart up with it as if you were filling a pitcher with water, you fill your soul with the Word of God and you’ll overcome the temptation, you’ll overcome the habits, you’ll break the patterns in your life. It takes work, but I believe in you and I believe you can do it.


Forgiveness - From God


20/09/2006
If you have done something wrong and you have prayed to God and ask for forgiveness for it, are you forgiven? I’ve heard different views that even if you have prayed to God and you feel that you’re forgiven that you will still one day have to face God.

Well, there’s certainly no way that we can pay for our sins because the only price that can be paid is the blood of Jesus and it was already paid. So whatever confusion has arisen from that subject, you need to know that it is not scriptural to ask God to forgive you and then still have to face God and pay for your sins.

The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He’s faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Psalm 103 says that “as far as east is from west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." In Hebrews 8:12, He said, “your sins and iniquities, I will remember no more.” What a promise from God’s Word. He says He will remember it no more. And He will never bring it up again.

Now, not only will He give you the power to not do it anymore, but He will also not bring it up anymore. Now, the question that you’re asking that you’re not asking, “What happens at the judgment seat of Christ?” Well, for believers who are already saved, we’re going to be given our rewards or we’re going to see the rewards that we could have gotten for living for God.

And that’s where we’re going to be judged for our works, but not for our sins. Our sins have been judged through the blood of Jesus; Jesus dying on the cross. Our sins have already been forgiven. But our works, what we do once we’re saved, there is judgment for that. That has nothing to do with our sins. That has to do with our works, our fulfilling the will of God and the call of God for our life and what we did with what God gave us, our stewardship, really, is what that’s about. Five talents, two talents, one talent. What did you do with your talents?


Forgiveness - From God


20/09/2006
I feel guilty for having an abortion twenty years ago, does God forgive me?

I want you to know that you are not alone, first of all. There are thousands of women that have probably gone through a similar trauma as you and have had an abortion in the past and feel condemned about it and still feel pain and still feel hatred about it and still feel guilt about it. But I’m here to set you free. Jesus said, “I do not condemn you.” He said to a woman caught in adultery, “I do not condemn you.” She was caught in the very act.

Listen, there is not one reason that you should ever feel guilt and condemnation another day in your life for what you’ve done in the past. Jesus is your healer. His blood forgives you. His blood cleanses you. And the devil is a liar. He’s the one trying to condemn you and remind you of your past. Well, as he reminds you of your past, you need to remind him of his future. He’s going to spend eternity burning in hell forever; that’s where the devil is going. And you’re going to spend eternity with God in heaven, if you believe Jesus died for your sins.

I understand the guilt. I understand the shame you must feel. We start to question, “Does God forgive me?” The answer is that God already did forgive you! He has forgiven you two thousand years ago. He forgave you years ago. He forgave you; forgave you; forgave you; forgave you. He’s not going to forgive you again about something that he already forgave you about.

What I mean by that is, you don’t need to be forgiven again. It’s washed away. He doesn’t even remember it. Sure, you remind yourself of what you did, but He doesn’t remind you. And He doesn’t remember. He’s washed it as far as East is from West. He’s removed your transgressions from you. Please know this. Please hear me and understand when I say this, that it is forgotten as far as God is concerned. He’s buried it in the depths of the sea.

You’ll see that baby again in heaven, but you don’t need to feel one more ounce of guilt for that. And, don’t ever feel guilty another day in your life. We have a tape called “Not Guilty” that you can get through our church. It’s a tape that will change your life. It will deliver you from your past. All you’ve got to do is call the product line and ask for that tape.

There is hope, no matter what you’ve been through. No matter what you’ve gone through, there is hope. No matter what you’ve gone through, you can be forgiven. You can be cleansed. You can be washed. The blood of Jesus knows no bounds. Nobody is too bad. Nobody is so bad that the blood of Jesus can’t forgive them. Nobody has done so wrong that they cannot be forgiven. Yes, there are many of us who have done horrendous things in our past, but the blood of Jesus is more powerful than our past. The blood of Jesus is more powerful than an abortion. The blood of Jesus is more powerful than anything you’ve done wrong. Again, if you’ve had an abortion or if you’ve done something else that has created so much guilt and shame in your life, and you just don’t know what to do, I want you to call my product line, I want to send you a tape called “Not Guilty.” It will change your life forever.


Forgiveness - From God


20/09/2006
Do you believe that God is the God of second and third and fourth and fifth chances?

Absolutely. He’s the God of countless chances. The Bible says in Proverbs chapter 24, “A righteous man may fall seven times, but he gets up.” So, clearly that tells us that God gives us second and third chances. The Bible also says, “If your brother sins against you seventy times seven, forgive him.”

So if we’re supposed to forgive our brother seventy times seven – 490 times – how much more will God forgive us? If God will tell us to forgive over and over again and give somebody a second chance, how much more do you think He gives us a second chance because He is love and He is the God of new beginnings. He gave the thief on the cross a second chance. He gave David a second chance. He gave Moses a second chance. He gave Abraham a second chance. He gave Paul a second chance. He gives everybody a second chance. Now, it’s up to us to seize the opportunity and use that second chance to honor Him and to glorify Him. The Bible says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits who pardons all of my iniquities. He heals all my diseases and He redeems my life from destruction.”


Forgiveness - From God


20/09/2006
If you commit a sin that takes you out of the will of God and then you repent or ask for forgiveness, does that put you back in the will of God?

That’s a great question. The will of God is something that’s progressive, though. It’s not that we’re either in the will of God or we’re out of the will of God. Let’s talk about sin and then we can talk about the will of God. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sin to God, He is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So, yes, He puts you back into fellowship with Him. When you confess and repent of that sin, you are back in fellowship with Him. But being in the will of God is something that we grow into by the choices that we make day by day. It’s not one day you’re in the will of God and one day you’re not in the will of God. It’s that as you grow, as you continue to yield to God’s Word and to God’s way of doing things, you become progressively more and more in the perfect will of God.

I think what you’re asking is, “Are you out of fellowship with God when you sin and can you get back into fellowship with God by repenting?” And the answer is yes. If you confess your sin, He will cleanse you from it and He will restore you to that fellowship with Him. Even David said, “Lord, restore me to the joy of my salvation.” So, you can be restored when you confess your sin to God. And don’t go back into the sin once you do confess it and turn from it.


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